Geo-Trips :: Back roads from Okehampton to North Tawton

Mid-Devon

A walk from Okehampton, Tue, 27 May 2014 by David Smith

A walk along the Devonshire Heartland Way (DHW), and then the Tarka Trail from just outside Okehampton to North Tawton. It was a chance to collect some new squares and use these two long distance paths. The DHW was little used, and very muddy in places. The Tarka Trail was mainly on roads with a final stretch beside the River Taw. It took four hours

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SX6095 : Mole Avon stores and Spar minimarket on the edge of Okehampton by David Smith
Mole Avon stores and Spar minimarket on the edge of Okehampton
Mole Avon sell goods for farmers and country homes

SX6095 : Mole Avon stores on the edge of Okehampton by David Smith
Mole Avon stores on the edge of Okehampton
A convenient out-of-town store on the eastern side of Okehampton

SX6195 : Minor road junction near Alfordon Manor by David Smith
Minor road junction near Alfordon Manor
The roads may be minor, but the junction has a central triangle because the side... more

SX6195 : Farm track to Stockley by David Smith
Farm track to Stockley

SX6195 : Seat at Gypsy Corner Cross by David Smith
Seat at Gypsy Corner Cross
Although there are few houses nearby, someone has recently cleared the grass from... more

SX6195 : Gypsy Corner Cross by David Smith
Gypsy Corner Cross
A road junction of minor roads, with a triangle of grass and cow parsley between... more

SX6195 : Field north of Gypsy Corner Cross by David Smith
Field north of Gypsy Corner Cross
The signpost at the junction is on the left. On the skyline are peaks of... more

SX6196 : A marshy valley for the Devonshire Heartland Way by David Smith
A marshy valley for the Devonshire Heartland Way
The building through the trees is in Lower Corscombe

SX6195 : Near Alfordon on the Devonshire Heartland Way by David Smith
Near Alfordon on the Devonshire Heartland Way
Here the trail leaves the track through the gate and crosses a hedge; a slight... more

SX6195 : The Devonshire Heartland Way west of Corscombe by David Smith
The Devonshire Heartland Way west of Corscombe
The trail is signed through these two gates, but there is little sign of recent... more

SX6196 : The Devonshire Heartland Way and the valley at Corscombe by David Smith
The Devonshire Heartland Way and the valley at Corscombe
The trail crosses this field and drops to a stream beyond the trees

SX6196 : Footbridge on the Devonshire Heartland Way by David Smith
Footbridge on the Devonshire Heartland Way
The bridge crosses a stream near Corscombe

SX6296 : Road above Higher Corscombe by David Smith
Road above Higher Corscombe
The Devonshire Heartland Way follows this road, which has extremely wide verges... more

SX6196 : Bridge over a stream at Lower Corscombe by David Smith
Bridge over a stream at Lower Corscombe
The stream sometimes floods the bridge, so motorists are warned to test their... more

SX6296 : Barn conversion at Middle Corscombe by David Smith
Barn conversion at Middle Corscombe
The road past is part of the Devonshire Heartland Way

SX6196 : Field and Berryball Copse by David Smith
Field and Berryball Copse
Seen from the road above Higher Corscombe looking west

SX6296 : Track between fields near Higher Corscombe by David Smith
Track between fields near Higher Corscombe
This hedge and track lead at an oblique angle into the valley; the gate looks... more

SX6296 : Corscombe Lane to Higher Corscombe by David Smith
Corscombe Lane to Higher Corscombe
On the right, a small copse of mixed trees marks the end of a field boundary at... more

SX6296 : Sheep at Church Hill Cross by David Smith
Sheep at Church Hill Cross
The field is in the north-west corner of the crossroads. The road between the... more

SX6296 : Church Hill Cross by David Smith
Church Hill Cross
The cottage in the angle of the roads is Restland Cottage, at the start of Restland Lane

SX6396 : Field by Restland Lane by David Smith
Field by Restland Lane
Looking south towards Cosdon Hill on North Dartmoor

SX6396 : Field north of Restland Lane by David Smith
Field north of Restland Lane

SX6296 : Looking south towards Church Hill Cross by David Smith
Looking south towards Church Hill Cross
A minor road from Sampford Courtenay with a view of Cosdon Hill on Dartmoor. Some... more

SX6297 : Footpath sign near Honeycott by David Smith
Footpath sign near Honeycott
Here the Devonshire Heartland Way leaves the road and uses tracks and paths... more

SX6297 : Footpath near Honeycott by David Smith
Footpath near Honeycott
The Devonshire Heartland Way leading eastwards along a track

SX6297 : Devonshire Heartland Way near Honeycott by David Smith
Devonshire Heartland Way near Honeycott
It follows a muddy track here

SX6397 : Sheep near Honeycott by David Smith
Sheep near Honeycott
A field seen from the Devonshire Heartland Way

SX6397 : Devonshire Heartland Way near Aller by David Smith
Devonshire Heartland Way near Aller
The farm track leads to the former settlement at Aller, now used as storage

SX6397 : Farm buildings at Aller by David Smith
Farm buildings at Aller
This appears to be a deserted farmstead. The Devonshire Heartland Way runs... more

SX6397 : Devonshire Heartland Way at Aller by David Smith
Devonshire Heartland Way at Aller
The footpath runs across the marshy ground beside this tree

SX6397 : Gateway on the Devonshire Heartland Way near Aller by David Smith
Gateway on the Devonshire Heartland Way near Aller
This was a very muddy gateway after a few days of rain

SX6397 : Footbridge on the Devonshire Heartland Way near Trehill by David Smith
Footbridge on the Devonshire Heartland Way near Trehill
The bridge also has a wooden causeway across marshy ground

SX6397 : Trehill Farm by David Smith
Trehill Farm
On the Devonshire Heartland Way

SX6397 : Devonshire Heartland Way crossing a minor road by David Smith
Devonshire Heartland Way crossing a minor road
Close to Trehill Farm, these are the footpath signs

SX6397 : Devonshire Heartland Way crossing a field near Trehill by David Smith
Devonshire Heartland Way crossing a field near Trehill
With a horned sheep, looking at the walker with bemusement?

SX6397 : Farm track used by the Devonshire Heartland Way by David Smith
Farm track used by the Devonshire Heartland Way
East of Trehill, the path passes through a small patch of woodland

SX6497 : Gate on Devonshire Heartland Way by David Smith
Gate on Devonshire Heartland Way
Between Halford and Trehill, the path follows a farm track through this woodland

SX6497 : Devonshire Heartland Way crossing a large field near Halford by David Smith
Devonshire Heartland Way crossing a large field near Halford
The field is bounded by a stream at the north

SX6497 : Devonshire Heartland Way near Halford by David Smith
Devonshire Heartland Way near Halford
The footpath runs along the hedge at the right

SX6497 : Footpath along a sunken track near Halford by David Smith
Footpath along a sunken track near Halford
Part of the Devonshire Heartland Way

SX6497 : Gate on the Devonshire Heartland Way near Halford by David Smith
Gate on the Devonshire Heartland Way near Halford

SX6497 : Sunken track; part of a footpath near Halford by David Smith
Sunken track; part of a footpath near Halford
This is part of the Devonshire Heartland Way; the track runs through a small area of trees

SX6497 : Footpath north to Halford by David Smith
Footpath north to Halford
Part of the Devonshire Heartland Way, crossing the middle of a field near Halford.... more

SX6497 : Farm buildings at Halford by David Smith
Farm buildings at Halford

SX6597 : Grassland in the valley of the River Taw, Halford by David Smith
Grassland in the valley of the River Taw, Halford

SX6597 : High banks to the road south of Halford by David Smith
High banks to the road south of Halford
The minor road from Halford to Taw Green runs between high banks, and at the bend,... more

SX6597 : Footpath to the River Taw, Taw Green by David Smith
Footpath to the River Taw, Taw Green
A well-used footpath from a minor road to the river through the trees on the river bank

SX6597 : Field and old gate near Taw Green by David Smith
Field and old gate near Taw Green
A riverside field on the west of the valley

SX6596 : Road junction at Hayrish, west of Taw Green by David Smith
Road junction at Hayrish, west of Taw Green
The signpost is labelled Hayrish Cross

SX6596 : Bridge over Taw at Taw Green by David Smith
Bridge over Taw at Taw Green

SX6596 : River Taw at Taw Green by David Smith
River Taw at Taw Green

SX6596 : Taw Green Cross by David Smith
Taw Green Cross

SX6596 : Former chapel at Taw Green by David Smith
Former chapel at Taw Green
A "tin tabernacle" made of corrugated iron with the plaque "Taw... more

SX6596 : Taw Green Cross from the north by David Smith
Taw Green Cross from the north
On the right is the former baptist chapel

SX6597 : Taw Barton by David Smith
Taw Barton
Farm buildings, including a holiday cottage at Taw Barton

SX6597 : Farm buildings at Taw Barton by David Smith
Farm buildings at Taw Barton
On the left is a breeze-block wall; just in front are a pair of granite gateposts... more

SX6597 : Sheep at Taw Barton by David Smith
Sheep at Taw Barton
The road north of Taw Barton, passing farm buildings

SX6597 : Taw Green Copse by David Smith
Taw Green Copse
A small wood in the valley of the River Taw north of Taw Green

SX6597 : Road south to Taw Green by David Smith
Road south to Taw Green
A minor road under the oak tree, running between hedges - lots of greenery!

SX6597 : Woodland north of Wyke Moor Cross by David Smith
Woodland north of Wyke Moor Cross
The woods bound this field on its north side

SX6697 : Road to Wyke Moor Cross by David Smith
Road to Wyke Moor Cross

SX6697 : Wyke Moor Cross by David Smith
Wyke Moor Cross

SX6697 : The lane and path named Cocktree Throat by David Smith
The lane and path named Cocktree Throat

SX6697 : A clearing in the woods near North Wyke by David Smith
A clearing in the woods near North Wyke
A warning against fly-tipping in this woodland

SX6698 : Woods at North Wyke by David Smith
Woods at North Wyke

SX6698 : Farm track at North Wyke by David Smith
Farm track at North Wyke

SX6698 : Grassland and woodland at North Wyke by David Smith
Grassland and woodland at North Wyke

SX6698 : Fields and woods around Cocktree Throat by David Smith
Fields and woods around Cocktree Throat
Cocktree Throat [[[4003605]]] is an east-west track between two north-south roads... more

SX6598 : Entrance to North Wyke research station by David Smith
Entrance to North Wyke research station
The Victorian lodge is at the entrance

SX6598 : North Wyke Lodge by David Smith
North Wyke Lodge
The entrance to North Wyke research station, an out-station of Rothamsted Research.

SX6598 : Track west of North Wyke by David Smith
Track west of North Wyke

SX6598 : Microwave communications mast at North Wyke by David Smith
Microwave communications mast at North Wyke

SX6598 : Gate at North Wyke and weather station by David Smith
Gate at North Wyke and weather station
The weather station is marked on OS maps, as part of the out-station of Rothamsted... more

SX6598 : Entrance to farm at North Wyke by David Smith
Entrance to farm at North Wyke

SX6598 : Road north of North Wyke by David Smith
Road north of North Wyke
The view includes the milk processing plant at North Tawton - the white block to... more

SX6598 : Track leading to North Wyke Wood by David Smith
Track leading to North Wyke Wood
On the gate is a warning that the area has been sprayed with herbicides; this is... more

SX6599 : Gateway and field sloping towards the River Taw by David Smith
Gateway and field sloping towards the River Taw

SX6599 : Track to Tawmill by David Smith
Track to Tawmill
The track leads to a farm and Google Earth shows a private aircraft landing strip... more

SX6599 : Road approaching Pecketsford Bridge by David Smith
Road approaching Pecketsford Bridge
The wild flowers hide the lower sign of two on the post at the left of the road.... more

SX6599 : Pecketsford Bridge over River Taw by David Smith
Pecketsford Bridge over River Taw

SX6599 : Pecketsford Bridge by David Smith
Pecketsford Bridge
A hump-back bridge over the River Taw.

SX6599 : East Rowden by David Smith
East Rowden
In the wall at the right is an Edward VII wallbox. East Rowden is named Little... more

SX6599 : Access road to Falcadon Farm by David Smith
Access road to Falcadon Farm
Older maps spell the name Falcaton

SX6599 : Old and new at Greenslade Moor Cottages by David Smith
Old and new at Greenslade Moor Cottages
An old thatched house in front, and a modern house on the left

SS6500 : B3215 at Greenslade Bridge by David Smith
B3215 at Greenslade Bridge
The bridge carries the line from Exeter to Okehampton, now only used for freight... more

SS6500 : Greenslade Bridge over B3215 by David Smith
Greenslade Bridge over B3215
The bridge carries the Exeter-Okehampton line

SS6500 : Field south of B3215, Tarka Trail by David Smith
Field south of B3215, Tarka Trail
The trees at the further edge are those alongside the Exeter-Okehampton railway line

SS6500 : A lay-by or gravel store? by David Smith
A lay-by or gravel store?
Beside the B3215 north of Greenslade Bridge

SS6500 : Road signs south of Newland Cross by David Smith
Road signs south of Newland Cross
The upper sign directs heavy traffic away from North Tawton; the lower sign... more

SS6500 : Newland Bridge over River Taw by David Smith
Newland Bridge over River Taw

SS6500 : Plaque on Newland Bridge by David Smith
Plaque on Newland Bridge
The bridge was rebuilt in 1934 at the joint expense of Devon County Council and... more

SS6500 : River Taw with Newland Mills behind by David Smith
River Taw with Newland Mills behind

SS6500 : Weir on River Taw by David Smith
Weir on River Taw
The Tarka Trail runs beside the river here

SS6500 : Weir on River Taw by David Smith
Weir on River Taw

SS6500 : Footbridge for Tarka Trail over Spire's Lake by David Smith
Footbridge for Tarka Trail over Spire's Lake
Spire's Lake is a small stream that is a tributary of the River Taw. The dairy... more

SS6501 : Tarka Trail on The Hams at North Tawton by David Smith
Tarka Trail on The Hams at North Tawton
Running along the River Taw on the right of the path

SS6501 : Fallen tree in River Taw, The Hams, North Tawton by David Smith
Fallen tree in River Taw, The Hams, North Tawton

SS6501 : Derelict building by River Taw, North Tawton by David Smith
Derelict building by River Taw, North Tawton

SS6501 : Taw Bridge, North Tawton by David Smith
Taw Bridge, North Tawton
The Tarka Trail runs alongside the river here

SS6501 : Rugby field and clubhouse, North Tawton by David Smith
Rugby field and clubhouse, North Tawton

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